According to Metz, its new Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital flash is getting a lot of pre-orders that exceed expectations. Mecablitz 44 AF-1 is an amateur level flash that delivers quite a few features including full TTL compatibility, manual mode, motor zoom head (12-105 mm), wireless slave function, catchlight card, etc.
With Guide Number of 44 (at ISO 100/21° and 105mm), Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital flash has enough power to be bounced off of walls/ceilings and used with flash diffusers.
This flash is not short of other functions, as well. The interface of Metz 44 AF-1 is very simplified. The stylish and modern-looking LED buttons are easy to use, but (similar to Bower SFD728 flash), some functions are only accessible through on-camera menus (such as exposure compensation or second curtain synchronization, for example).
Similar to Canon Speedlite 270EX II, when set as a wireless slave, Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 always belongs to Group A, and it is triggered by all channels.
With the impressive list of features and expected moderate price, Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital flash is an attractive buy for many photography enthusiasts.